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Release Date:
Apr 29, 2016

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October 26, 2017

SONAR 2017.10 - Is now Available!

The 2017.10 Update for SONAR features 5 new Big Fish Audio Loop Collections, a new amp and cab for Overloud in TH3 Cakewalk edition, and a mega load of fixes and enhancements to the SONAR you know and love.

Big Fish Audio Loop Library
For 2017 and newer season pass holders

Big Fish - Cinematic Loop Collection: From ambient guitars to cinematic percussion and soundbeds, these libraries provide atmospheres, deeply processed leads, arpeggiated swells, drones, mixes of percussive and melodic elements, chimes, noise, and other innovative loops. These sounds are ideal for today's film and TV industry soundtracks, cutting-edge sound design, chill and ambient music, or adding unique touches to any kind of contemporary styles including EDM and rock.

Big Fish - Country Loop Collection: Whether you want old-timey music like bluegrass, western swing, and traditional country loops or the fresh, new face of modern country that has earned its place in today’s pop charts, these libraries deliver. You’ll also find neo-folk that provides the distinctive, roots-oriented sound of Americana, along with acoustic guitar and mandolin loops with intros and endings, verses, choruses, bridges, chord libraries, and more to provide a wide variety of creative options in your productions.

Big Fish - Electro Pop Loop Collection: These libraries provide extra flexibility for all flavors of EDM by providing the stems for drum loops (snare, kick, hi-hat, etc. loops) along with the individual hits needed to create your own drum loops. Choose from fat drums, sick drops, soaring synth leads, builds, basses, synth leads, pads, percussion, FX, chords, melody lines, and more—all cut into sections for easy arranging, and stylistically similar to the chart-topping music of artists like David Guetta and Skrillex.

Big Fish - Rock & Pop Rock Loop Collection: Whether you need an indie rock groove to kick start a song or a pop-rock guitar lick to add some attitude to your next hit, these loops excel for songwriting, trailers, commercials, sound design, and television. Instruments include 12-string, electric, and acoustic guitars along with drums, bass, mandolins, and percussion (which is suitable for all kinds of music, not just rock).

Big Fish - Urban Loop Collection: From the hard-hitting, hip-hop club vibe, to the laid-back R&B feel, to the speaker-destroying 808s and sinister leads of Trap, these loops cover the latest in musical styles. In addition to folders with loops, many construction kits also feature drum track stems, individual drum hits to make your own loops, and even MIDI files for total control over each track’s melodic content when using your own virtual instruments.

Breakdown of included Content: 5.3 GB

• Eclipse 2 (500 MB)
• Suspense - Cinematic Percussion and Soundbeds (367MB)

• Country Roots (166 MB)
• Modern Country (438 MB)
• Neo Folk (265 MB)
• Steel and Wood (218 MB)

• Electro Club (200 MB)
• Prism (590 MB)
• Progressive House Hits 235 (MB)

Rock and Pop Rock
• Rock N Indie Songwriter (614 MB)
• The Rock Collective (601 MB)

• Hit Life (508 MB)
• Purple Drizzle XXL (337 MB)
• Shake - Trap Construction Kits (135 MB)
• Trap Bangerz (164 MB)

New Overange Amp & 2x12 British State Cab for TH3 Cakewalk

There is a brand new amp and cab added now to TH3 Cakewalk Edition. In the 2017.10 update of SONAR, you now get the Overange 120 amp modeled after the Orange Graphic 120 mkII and the 2x12 British State (UK) based on the Marshall Valvestate. This magic little combo is just what you need to find the gritty or vintage tone you are looking for and in the perfect colors to match the season

30th Anniversary Anderton Collection FX Chains

These FX Chains are Craig Anderton’s latest versions of his go to signal flows that he uses in his productions. Some of these FX Chains are updates of processors included in previous releases. Some were introduced in the “Friday’s Tip of the Week” thread in the SONAR forums, but as “do it yourself” projects with instruc ons on how to assign the controls—now they’re convenient downloads. We hope you enjoy what these processors can do to help take your projects to the next level—download them, play with them, and have fun!

Fixes and Enhancements

Control Bar
• Selection Module no longer selects nothing in some situations
• Selection Module fails to update as expected in some cases
• Snap setting "Measure" not working When Snap Module set to Small

• Creating Repetitions of SIT with Duplicate Track yields unexpected results
• Undoing a Duplicate Track did not undo completely in some situations
• Duplicate Track no longer causes external MIDI inputs to transpose unexpectedly

• Touching Time Ruler no longer unexpectedly selects all Tracks
• Double Tap with Touch now works as expected to reset a control
• Selecting tracks is now possible with Touch
• Selecting a time range on ruler in TV with Touch now works as expected

Track View
• CTRL Drag Copy always pastes automation
• Clicking a Bus Name should set it to be focused
• Inconsistent composite clip display when take lanes are open
• Split Tool didn't always split grouped clips in take lanes
• Split Tool didn't create desired selection groups
• Transport jumps to end of clip after punch in recording
• Parameter values in tooltip while dragging multiple envelope nodes works more predictably

Start Screen
• Save dialog is sometimes captured in project thumbnails
• Snap/Aim Assist does not show in TV Bus Pane
• SONAR no longer requires project name dialog when creating project from Start Screen

• Resolved a crash that could occur when incorrectly trying to map a VST2 to VST3 plug-in

Surface Dial
• Improved horizontal scrolling in Staff View
• Improved scrolling in Step Sequencer
• Surface Dial failed to zoom properly in some views

• Nudge in the Piano Roll view could cause notes to disappear unexpectedly in some situations
• Edit Filters showed incorrect parameter name after renaming an FX Chain or one of its controls
• FX Chains no longer appear available in Recent FX List within FX Chain
• Recent FX list now works in Clip FX Bin
• Recent FX list now works FX Chains
• Replace Synth now works properly from the Synth Rack menu when picking a recent synth
• Loop Construction View failed to scroll with wheel
• TH3 Full version could incorrectly assign automation or FX Chain parameters when upgrading from TH3 Cakewalk

As with every release, if you experience issues, you can safely roll back via:
• Right-Clicking on SONAR in the Steam Client
• Go to Properties
• Go to the Beta Tab
• Select the "09.2017" beta branch (or another)
• Allow Steam to Update SONAR
• Launch SONAR
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October 26, 2017

Buy SONAR today and get 2018 Season passes for free!

Hi Everyone,

In celebration of the Steam Halloween event all packages of SONAR are 35% off!

Additionally, all SONAR Professional 2017 and Platinum 2017 purchases during October will grant users 2018 Season Pass.

We'll be distributing Steam redemption codes to registered e-mail accounts shortly after 2018 packages are available on the store.

Thanks everyone! Look out for Update 10.2017 later today!
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“Very efficient, cutting-edge Windows DAW”
8/10 – MusicTechMag

“Although more in line as an advance on X3, this new flavor of SONAR achieves performance and capabilities that parallel any of its competitors.”

“SONAR remains a winner, very much in the top tier of Windows-compatible DAWs”
4.5/5 – MusicRadar


SONAR is a Digital Audio Workstation. For more information on DAWs please read the STEAM DAW FAQ.

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Dota 2 Music Pack Template

SONAR now includes a template to help users create their own Dota 2 music packs. Users can find it in their SONAR Tutorials folder. More information on creating packs can be found here!

About This Software

SONAR Professional and Platinum on STEAM are tailored for aspiring musicians, content creators and game sound designers. The program includes features like unlimited audio and MIDI tracks, VST3 support, virtual instruments, effects, editing and mixing tools, step sequencer, Matrix View, and much more.

2017 Season Passes
2017 pass holders enjoy Cakewalk's rolling updates to 12/31/17. After that time you can keep and use SONAR forever. Continued updates will be available via 2018 season passes.

SONAR Core Features:

  • Unlimited Simultaneous I/O
  • Unlimited Audio Tracks
  • Unlimited MIDI Tracks
  • Unlimited Sends/Buses
  • 384kHz Maximum Sample Rate
  • 64-Bit Maximum Bit Depth
  • 64-Bit Internal Mix Engine Resolution
  • VST 2.4 32/64-Bit Support
  • VST3 32/64-Bit Support
  • ARA Support
  • ReWire 32/64-Bit Support
  • Groove Clip Support (follow tempo & Pitch)
  • Windows 7/8/10 support
  • Windows 8/10 Multi-touch support
  • Project Tutorials
  • Mixing and Mastering Templates

Supported Formats:

  • Wave and Broadcast Wave (time stamped)
  • WMA, WAV, W64, ASF
  • FLAC
  • OGG, RF64
  • MP3
  • WAV RIFF, ACID, Rex, Rex2, Rex64
  • AVI, QT, MPEG video import/export
  • Dithering options on export
  • SoundCloud integration
  • MusicXML Export
  • 32/64-Bit VST3 support
  • 32/64-bit VST2, VSTi and DXi support
  • Bit Bridge (allows 32-bit plug-ins in 64-bit mixing environment)
  • PNG Track Icon support

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7, 8, or 10 (32- or 64-bit)
    • Processor: 2.6GHz Intel or AMD multi-core processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1280x800 (1920 x 1080+ recommended)
    • Storage: 12 GB available space
    • Sound Card: WDM/KS, WASAPI, or MME compatible device
    • Additional Notes: Connection required for downloads, activation, and publishing features.
    • Storage: 30 GB available space
    • Sound Card: ASIO compatible

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